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MySQL with TypeScript

All the APIs in @databases support TypeScript out of the box. @databases is written in TypeScript after all!

Unfortunately TypeScript doesn't have any built in knowledge of your database schema. This means you will need to do a little bit of extra setup work if you want your database queries to be truly type safe.

In this guide we will be setting up @databases/mysql-typed. Everything in @databases/mysql-typed is built on top of @databases/mysql, so you always have that escape hatch if you ever need to write SQL without type safety but with all the other guarantees and assistance @databases/mysql provides.

Installing dependencies

In addition to the packages you've already installed, you will need to install 2 more:

yarn add @databases/mysql-typed @databases/mysql-schema-cli
  • @databases/mysql-typed provides type safe methods for querying database tables

  • @databases/mysql-schema-cli generates type definitions from your database schema

Generating your schema

To generate the types, you will need your database connection string from Installation & Setup. You also need to have created the database tables you intend to query. Don't worry, if you change the schema later you can just re-run this CLI to update the types.

You can then generate types by running:

npx @databases/mysql-schema-cli \
  --database mysql://test-user:password@localhost:3306/ \
  --schemaName test-db \
  --directory src/__generated__

You will need to replace the connection string in this example with your actual connection string.

Setting up mysql-typed

You should now have a folder called __generated__ containing all the generated types. You can look through this and should see the types for each of your database tables. You can now update your database.ts file to also export a set of type safe APIs for your database.

// database.ts

import createConnectionPool, {sql} from '@databases/mysql';
import tables from '@databases/mysql-typed';
import DatabaseSchema, {serializeValue} from './__generated__';

export {sql};

const db = createConnectionPool();
export default db;

// You can list whatever tables you actually have here:
const {users, posts} = tables<DatabaseSchema>({
export {users, posts};

Insert, Select, Update, Delete

import db, {users} from './database';

async function insertUser(email: string, favoriteColor: string) {
  await users(db).insert({email, favorite_color: favoriteColor});

async function updateUser(email: string, favoriteColor: string) {
  await users(db).update({email}, {favorite_color: favoriteColor});

async function deleteUser(email: string) {
  await users(db).delete({email});

async function getUser(email: string) {
  return await users(db).findOne({email});

async function run() {
  await insertUser('', 'red');
  await updateUser('', 'blue');

  const user = await getUser('');
  console.log('user =', user);

  await deleteUser('');

  await db.dispose();

run().catch((err) => {


Because the connection is passed to the table on each usage of the API, you can use all these type safe APIs in transactions:

import db, {users} from './database';

async function run() {
  await db.tx(async (db) => {
    await users(db).update({email: ``}, {favorite_color: `green`});
    await users(db).update({email: ``}, {favorite_color: `blue`});

  await db.dispose();

run().catch((err) => {

More Info

For more details on all the types of queries supported by @databases/mysql-typed, you can read the mysql-typed API Docs

Using Transactions
Logging & Debugging